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William Edward Gompertz (born 25 August 1965) is the BBC's arts editor.[1]

Gompertz was previously director of Tate Media, and appeared in a show at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2009 called Double Art History.[2] Gompertz has written extensively for The Guardian and The Times newspapers. He is the author of What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye.[3]

He is the son of general practitioner Dr Hugh Gompertz OBE, and is a second cousin to Simon Gompertz, the personal finance correspondent to BBC News.[4] He was born in Kent, and attended Bedford School. He did not take any A-levels.

Gompertz married Kate Anderson (daughter of Eric Anderson) in 1993 and they have three sons and one daughter.[citation needed]


  1. ^ BBC News appoints Will Gompertz as first Arts Editor BBC Press Office, 28 August 2009
  2. ^ BBC News hires Tate Media's Will Gompertz as arts editor The Guardian, 2 September 2009
  3. ^ Lewis, Ben (9 September 2012). "What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye by Will Gompertz – review". Retrieved 2 November 2012.
  4. ^ Will Gompertz: "We're brought up to be intimidated by art" The Observer 25 July 2010 Retrieved 29 March 2011

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